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A team comprised of students from across Harvard — including Harvard Kennedy School — has been awarded first place in a national case competition to help spur innovation in urban education. The inaugural Wasington, D.C., Public Schools Urban Education Redesign Challenge took place on April 9-10 in Washington, D.C..
They competed against other graduate students from universities from across the country all made of multi-disciplinary teams from business, law, policy, education and other graduate programs and were challenged with tackling challenges facing Washington, D.C., public schools.
The Harvard team included Jonathan Bailey MPP/MBA 2012 and Kendall Fitch MPP/MBA 2012 from Harvard Kennedy School. Their teammates were Christopher Cummings JD/MBA 2011, Hanseul Kang JD 2010 and Marvin Figueroa Ed.M 2010. The team attributes their success in part to their diversity of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds.
The Harvard team won a $5,000 cash prize, offers to join Washington, D.C., Public Schools' Urban Education Leaders Internship Program, a meeting with DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee MPP 1997 and a trophy for Harvard University.
The Harvard Kennedy School students were sponsored by the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.